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Niall Ferguson as Neo-Malthusian

Another installment in our ‘Malthusianism never dies’ series, this time from historian Niall Ferguson:

For a long time we have deluded ourselves that “illimitable improvement” was attainable. As the world approaches a new era of dearth, expect misery - and its old companion vice - to make a mighty Malthusian comeback.

Ferguson’s counterfactual histories are unconvincing enough, without buying into his prognostications for the future.

 

posted on 29 July 2007 by skirchner in Economics

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